Thank goodness, today was much better than yesterday. Abe and I both woke up on the right side of the bed, and we were able to focus a lot more on potty training Mary. She made progress today! We were so happy and relieved about that. We’ve been looking forward to this window Abe has off of work for a long time with the hopes that it would be a great time to potty train, and I am so grateful it actually seems to be going as planned.
Since today was dedicated to potty training AND it happened to be the stormiest, blusteriest day of the year to date, we holed up inside and didn’t do much else.
We had a grumpy day today, and boy am I glad it’s over. Potty training was a total bust because we were so focused on being grumps that we neglected Mary. (Either that or she’s just not ready.) We’ll try again tomorrow.
Here are a couple pictures I have of Mary on the potty. By the end of the day, we still hadn’t caught any pee in the potty, so we were trying to get her to drink gallons of orange juice while sitting on the potty, hoping that would help.
We had a crazy marathon day yesterday and by the end, I was so tired I couldn’t blog. So here’s what happened yesterday! Abe wrote his talk, I cleaned the house, and we drove to Salt Lake to meet up with our friends, Anthony, Malika, Emile, Jon and Shirley at the Natural History museum. Emile was just a baby the last time I saw him, and when I saw him yesterday, he was bigger than Mary! He was so cute and mobile, and I couldn’t believe how fast time has gone.
I wanted to get pictures of the kids together, but I didn’t get a chance. I might have been distracted because I wanted to enjoy visiting with Malika as much as possible–she and her family live in Switzerland, and it felt like a treat to be able to visit with her again.
And of course, we always love visiting with Jon and Shirley. We did get pictures with them!
After the museum, we went out to eat with Jon and Shirley, after which we headed to DSW to do some quick shopping, and then drove to IKEA to get some things for the house.
Then we went grocery shopping and headed home to put the kids to bed. Once they were in bed, the real work began. We worked like dervishes to get the basement toy room in order, and at 2 am, the task was complete.
I took a picture of the completed work this morning because I was too tired last night:
And today we both gave talks and church and came home to set up for our get together with Jan, George, Alex, Chelsea, Derek, Olivia, Carter and Camden. While we were setting up, a member of the bishopric came over to extend Abe a calling.
After they left, we cleaned the house just in time for David and Jere to come over for dinner, visiting, and now video games (with Abe).
I, for one, am ready for bed! Tomorrow we potty train Mary, so I’m going to get some sleep and pray tomorrow goes well.
My Christmas wish came true today! Abe took down the tree!! I am so happy. Everything else is all packed up and ready for storage, and boy am I ready for the holidays to be done. As one last hurrah, we watched It’s A Wonderful Life after dinner tonight. We originally only meant to watch ten minutes and put the kids down, but it has been years since either Abe or I have seen the movie, and we were both so mesmerized that we couldn’t stop watching. The kids got down at 11 pm. Oops.
I spent the entire morning writing my church talk for Sunday, and in the meantime Abe played with the kids. Here are his pictures:
I am sooooooo excited for Christmas to come, but probably for different reasons than Lydia and Mary have. While they’re upstairs dreaming of sugar plums, I am dreaming of throwing out the dead Christmas tree, taking down what has started to feel like an oppressive number of decorations, and some clutter-free spaces in the house to look at.
I’m a little tired and intimidated by all that stands between me and my bed tonight. I shouldn’t have procrastinated wrapping presents again…
So without further ado, here are today’s pictures.
I spent most of today working on tomorrow’s foods. I made a sweet potato casserole for the Darais get together, lemon curd tarts with candied lemons for our dinner, and frangipane-apple tarts for dessert. I got nothing done on tomorrow’s actual dinner, so that makes planning out tomorrow so easy! (You will find me in the kitchen panicking over my sure-to-be-burned croutons and dry lamb.)
I can’t remember what happened yesterday, except that I was so tired by the end that blogging seemed impossible. Oh, I remember! We did a marathon grocery run, and at the end I was horrified at the grand total and a little tired from trying to find the hard-to-find items on my list. Provo has a severe shortage of pre-made blinis and white wine.
I need a whole bottle of good white wine to cook the lamb in, but trying to find that in Provo was hard! When we finally found a state liquor store, it was closed–at 7pm. Overall, I am thrilled to live in a community of committed fellow teetotalers, but after the long and difficult search for wine yesterday, I have a little sympathy for those who find the situation irritating.
I tried to get two pictures of Mary yesterday, but both moments passed before I could snap them. Early in the day I discovered her clinging to the sink. She had scaled the cabinets in front and was curled up on the edge of the sink. I considered removing her from the situation, but it was so funny that I ran for my camera, and by the time I had it in place, she had already slid back down to the stool below.
The other picture I missed happened in the pet aisle in Harmon’s. Again, Mary scaled the shelves and pretended to take a nap two shelves up on a very comfy looking doggy bed. Before I could get that picture, she again scurried back to ground level.
But this is one picture I got! Lydia and I worked on our sweet tart dough yesterday, and here’s a picture I got of her rolling it out.
Because Isabella was here, I got in my last minute Christmas shopping this morning. The shopping didn’t take that long, but the time bomb came when I combed the entire Super Target looking for To and From tags–to no avail. I guess I will have to make my own. Darn.
I also turned out two batches of Zimmsterne today. The first batch was a flop, but the second came out fine. I’m starting to feel Christmased out. Thank goodness we’re only three days away–I don’t think I could keep up the pace much longer than that. Plus, I can’t wait to get rid of our tree. It’s dead, and the girls play with the garland and ornaments so much that it has turned into a bedraggled eye sore. The minute I wake up on December 26, I am going to get that outta here.
Oh, the other monumental event of the day occurred when I did Isabella’s hair. I’m so out of practice from Lydia’s short hair cut that it took me two hours to do Isabella’s hair. Her legs fell asleep from sitting for so long! But finally, finally I managed to do a waterfall/fishtail combo, and she looked so pretty.
We also drove to Salt Lake to return Isabella and check out daycare options for the girls during our Cancun trip. We found a really great contender, but seeing day care options made me so, so grateful I get to stay home with my kids. I take that for granted often, and today helped give me some perspective.
Abe had a great “reunion” with his AXB friends tonight. They have a secret Santa exchange every year, and he thought that tonight they were meeting up at a restaurant–another reason we headed up to Salt Lake. It turned out though that everyone did a group video chat. Since we were driving, Abe rigged up his lap top and phone and managed to fully participate while I drove home on the freeway. Connecting with his friends was a huge highlight of his day.
I actually forgot to blog yesterday, and so I’m trying to squeeze it in now before the kids wake up. After church, we napped, ate dinner, and danced to music and acted silly until bedtime. (Well, Abe, Isabella, Lydia, and Mary participated. I was pooped from cooking two meals and lay on the couch smiling and watching.) Here are the pictures!
Our temple plans were thwarted when Mary had a nightmare last night. I spent much of the rest of the night cuddling with her in our bed trying to get her to go back to sleep. So instead we just spent the whole day enjoying Isabella’s company.
We baked cookies, went out to eat Thai food, and went to the mall for some last minute Christmas shopping. There was a lot of lazing around in between those events, and we are about to watch The Two Towers with Isabella in a minute. She hasn’t seen it!